Lincoln, IL – Current leader of the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series points standings, Zach Daum, rallied back against Tanner Thorson at Lincoln Speedway to collect career victory number 17. Daum started on the outside front row and vaulted to an early lead over the pair of Keith Kunz Motorsports entries, Tanner Thorson and Carson Macedo.
Daum held a healthy lead over Thorson until lap 13 when racing was halted for Ryan Robinson who flipped entering turn one. Robinson was alright and able to continue after a quick visit to the work area. Returning to green flag racing, Thorson started to pressure Daum, only to have the action cut short as the red flag appeared for Brayton Lynch who flipped entering turn one and landed on all fours. Lynch would be alright, but damage sustained to his machine would end his night.
Just to the half way point, Thorson again pressured Daum, challenging multiple times before taking the lead entering turn one on lap 26. Daum, not one to give up, persevered and took the lead back from Thorson the following lap off turn four. With three laps remaining, Daum stretched his lead coming to the checkered, and unpredictably his engine burst into flames on the cool down lap. Spencer Bayston finished third, while Holly Shelton took a career-best with fourth. Carson Macedo rounded out the top five.
“The joke of the pit always used to be that Bryan would break or have a flat tire or something after the checkered and he’d finish the race, normally win it, and something would happen after the race,” explained Zach Daum. “I guess that’s our way of saying we parked it tonight in his fashion. And it’s not too often that you drive back by a Keith Kunz car.”
“We might have ran second, but I sure had fun,” stated Tanner Thorson. “I can’t think of any better person to race with than Zach. He’s one hell of a race car driver. He’s super clean and I always enjoy racing with him. I’m looking forward to tomorrow night; hopefully the rain stays away.”
“We were pretty good there,” said Spencer Bayston. “The track was pretty hooked up and it took me a while to get going. I was able to get by Carson, but these two guys were out front just cruising and I was struggling to keep up. Hat’s off to Zach; it looks like they were going at it.”
Defending three-time POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series Champion Nathan Benson picked up his 20th career victory at Lincoln Speedway after starting outside the front row to Jeremy Camp, also a former champion with the POWRi micros. At the drop of the green flag, Camp took command with Benson in second.
In a caution-less feature event, it took until lap 11, just over the halfway mark, before Benson was able to power past Camp for the lead entering turn one, fully taking command down the back stretch. Benson stretched his lead for the remaining nine laps on his way to victory number four of 2016. Camp followed Benson to the stripe, with Aaron Andruskevitch taking the final podium position. Garrett Duff finished fourth, with Slater Helt rounding out the top five.
“Jeremy squeezed us up in the first corner and got the lead, but I knew we had a better car, so just stuck with it and got the thing freed up as we went on with the shocks,” explained Nathan Benson. “My dad’s out here with me this weekend, so good to get him a win. Obviously across the pit area, we’re thinking about the Clauson family. The racing family is a good family, but it’s still no consolation for what they’re going through.”
“We got a good jump there to start, side-by-side with him,” said Jeremy Camp. “Got the lead and then the car just got tight on exit. Needed a yellow to try to adjust it, but we’ll take it.”
Matt Taylor of Springfield, IL claimed yet another feature win to keep his strong season going. Taylor was followed by his brother, Guy, Nick Bauman, Roben Huffman, and Cody Maguire. Andy Minett, Matt Beadles, Michael Maestus, Melissa Hansmeyer, and Jake Little rounded out the top ten.
Rounding out the divisions was the Midwest Technical Institute Modifieds. Brandon Roberts, of Ashland, IL, took the win, fending off Mason City’s Brian Lynn, which is no easy feat. Roberts and Lynn were followed by Curt Rhodes, Donovan Lodge, and Austin Lynn completed the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Austin Charron, Shawn Vaughn, Josh Borland, Alan Crowder, and Wiley Holt.
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Feature Results (30 laps): 1. 5D – ZACH DAUM 2. 67 – TANNER THORSON 3. 97 – SPENCER BAYSTON 4. 67K – HOLLY SHELTON 5. 71K – CARSON MACEDO 6. 32 – GARRETT AITKEN 7. 5X – JUSTIN PECK 8. 3N – JAKE NEUMAN 9. 27 – TUCKER KLAASMEYER 10. 9K – KYLE SCHUETT 11. 71 – RYAN ROBINSON 12. 10C – DALTON CAMFIELD 13. 5B – ARIEL BIGGS 14. 82 – ERIC JOHNSON 15. 20 – CODY WEISENSEL 16. 17C – DEVIN CAMFIELD 17. 1K – BRAYTON LYNCH 18. 6C – DAVE CAMFIELD 19. 8C – JOHNNY PETROZELLE
POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series Feature Results (20 laps): 1. 2B – NATHAN BENSON 2. 23 – JEREMY CAMP 3. 21 – AARON ANDRUSKEVITCH 4. 1X – GARRETT DUFF 5. 22S – SLATER HELT 6. 42 – ANDY BISHOP 7. 3B – SHELBY BOSIE 8. 99 – ALEC LONG 9. 83B – JEFF BEASLEY 10. 28 – LUKE VERARDI 11. 1 – CAILIN HUNT 12. 6A – AIDAN ROOSEVANS 13. 18 – STEVE FINN 14. 72 – DEVIN FEGER 15. 5B -CHAD BALDWIN 16. 6X – CHRIS MYER
UMP Pro Late Models
Feature (Top Ten) – 1. 24T-Matt Taylor[Springfield]; 2. 4T-Guy Taylor[Springfield]; 3. B1-Nick Bauman[New Berlin]; 4. 33H-Roben Huffman[Midland City]; 5. 32M-Cody Maguire[Carlinville]; 6. 1M-Andy Minett[New Berlin]; 7. 147-Matt Beadles[Clinton]; 8. 7Z-Michael Maestus[Lincoln]; 9. 9M-Melissa Hansmeyer[Canton]; 10. 38J-Jake Little[Springfield]
Midwest Technical Institute UMP Modifieds
Feature (Top Ten) – 1. 35-Brandon Roberts[Ashland]; 2. 14-Brian Lynn[Mason City]; 3. 10-Curt Rhodes[Taylorville]; 4. 32-Donovan Lodge[Andover]; 5. 72A-Austin Lynn[Mason City]; 6. 83-Austin Charron[Peoria]; 7. 10A-Shawn Vaughn[Loami]; 8. 98-Josh Borland[Unknown]; 9. 14C-Alan Crowder[Elwin]; 10. 29H-Wiley Holt[Hanna City]